“Fig Newtons”

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Appears in
Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

  • About

For the child of any age who has wondered how the filling gets into a fig bar, here’s one way that doesn’t require a factory full of machinery. The sweet, figgy filling tunnels through tender, puffy pillows of cookie dough to produce a generously overstuffed version of a sweet that’s been a favorite for generations.



  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  1. In a small bowl, beat the butter and sour cream until light. Gradually add the brown sugar, beating until the mixture is very light and thick. Incorporate the eggs one at a time; beat in the vanilla.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture, beating on low speed or by hand. Mix well and turn out on a sheet of